Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving Eve to all!

I know I repeat this scene often, but it's always changing. Just look at the afternoon light on the dune grasses. Amazing.

We had early release today, which meant I got out of work two hours early. I did one last stop at the grocery (for wine mainly, but bought other stuff once I was there), came home, unloaded the car (no one else was home, those social creatures), made two pumpkin pies, and remembered to take a walk on the beach. So grateful that I did. The light was beautiful, the air crisp, and I found another piece of wood for my nature table.

Now I am letting the baked sweet potatoes cool before I turn them into pies, and I'm cooking rice for a broccoli-rice-cheese casserole. That, plus leftover vegetable soup and yeast rolls (store-bought) will be our dinner tonight. I'm going to go sit down and knit for a bit, so I can finish the neckline of the sweater. I chose the lace-ribbed edging and I really like it. It adds a little femininity to a basic pullover. That will leave just the sleeves, which means I may finish a bit ahead of schedule!! I can't believe it.

Now to relate to the title of this post, the gifted class I'm taking requires me to write a number of papers, which was no surprise. I also have to turn in a portfolio that includes a variety of things like journal entries, chapter notes, class reflections, and strategies we may find while doing our research. What I'm excited about is that the instructor is also requiring us to create something and relate it to gifted education. From the beginning, I knew I wanted to use yarn and/or knitting for my "something" and this past weekend I decided on the project. I am knitting this basket. I'm using colors at random and will felt it afterward I'm done. I'm going to relate all the different colors and yarn types to students and their gifts and differences, and the knitting and felting process to what goes on in the classroom. I plan to relate the usefulness of the basket to the idea of social capital, or how all of the components are able to contribute to society. Just throwing this out there, thinking out loud as it were. If you have anything to add or suggest, please let me know so I can incorporate it into my paper. Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving, Rose!

    Your project sounds like a wonderful way to 'weave your fiber' into your teaching.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Rose! I think the knitted bag is a beautiful idea. I like the idea that as stitches stand alone, but linked, they become closer and meld together once certain ingredients come together--thinking wool, hot water, soap and agitation. The end end product is stronger and more durable than the original.

  3. Thank you so much for your encouragement and ideas! I will definitely use them in my explanation paper!